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- The Story of The Radium Girls September 19, 2021
- Radium Girls September 19, 2021
- RADIUM GIRLS Trailer (2020) Joey King, Drama Movie September 19, 2021
- BBC World Service – The Real Story, Methane: The other greenhouse gas September 18, 2021
- BBC World Service – The Real Story, What’s China doing to fight climate change? September 18, 2021
- Apple, Google, Cowed By Putin, Remove Russian Protest Voting App As Election Begins September 18, 2021
- All-civilian SpaceX crew returns to Earth September 18, 2021
- The Second American Revolution September 18, 2021
- Trump’s Psychological Disorder Exposed September 18, 2021
- Climate Security Public Panel Discussion September 18, 2021
- Slavery in the Age of Revolution exhibition | Balliol College, University of Oxford September 17, 2021
- The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560–1720 (Studies in Environment and History) Dagomar Degroot September 17, 2021
- Empires of Knowledge: Scientific Networks in the Early Modern World September 17, 2021
- 1831 Proposal for a Black College in New Haven with Michael Morand: Mondays at Beinecke 9/13/21 September 16, 2021
- Spanning Oceans – Bridging Traditions: Libraries, the Global Humanities & the “Overview Effect” in a Digitized World September 16, 2021
- Noam Chomsky Lectures on Modern-Day American Imperialism: Middle East and Beyond September 15, 2021
- Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt “There’s a Battle for Control of MAGA Empire ” | Amanpour and Company September 15, 2021
- Calm During COVID: Mindful Breathing September 15, 2021
- Reckoning with History: Michael Morand on 1748 Map of New Haven, Mondays at Beinecke, Feb. 15, 2021 September 15, 2021
- Cartography & Colonialism: European Imaging and Imagining of the “Dark Continent” from the“Age of Exploration” to the “Scramble” for its Control September 15, 2021
- 1177 B.C.: When Civilization Collapsed | Eric Cline September 14, 2021
- Biden Pushes $3.5 Trillion Climate Change Solution September 14, 2021
- We need IMMEDIATE action to stop extinction crisis, David Attenborough – BBC September 14, 2021
- The Day the Mesozoic Died: The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs — HHMI BioInteractive Video September 14, 2021
- Evolution: Extinction (PBS Documentary) September 14, 2021
- CDC director on COVID boosters, global vaccine supply, evolving virus science September 14, 2021
- The Barbary States – The Final Years September 14, 2021
- Introduction to the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection with Curator Melissa Barton September 14, 2021
- W E B Du Bois Collection September 14, 2021
- David Blight on James Weldon Johnson: Mondays at Beinecke, June 7, 2021 September 14, 2021
- Celebrating E.C. Schroeder’s Retirement from the Beinecke Library September 14, 2021
- Should creationism be taught in British schools? – Newsnight September 14, 2021
- Inspiring Knowledge: Professor Alice Roberts and Vesalius’ anatomy September 14, 2021
- Ethiopic Manuscripts and Global Books with Kristen Herdman: Mondays at Beinecke, June 21, 2021 September 14, 2021
- Winterthur Museum, Care in Handling, Chapter 4, Books September 14, 2021
- French Bibliomaniacs (book collectors)-CBS Sunday Morning September 14, 2021
- Collecting Rare Books – Rebecca Romney September 14, 2021
- About Bauman Rare Books September 14, 2021
- Handling Harvard’s Special Collections September 14, 2021
- Using the Reading Room and Handling Materials in the Beinecke Library September 14, 2021
- Hiroshima September 14, 2021
- Hear a $15 Million Stradivarius | Now Hear This | Great Performances on PBS September 14, 2021
- McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War September 14, 2021
- Noam Chomsky on Afghanistan (Post-9/11) September 14, 2021
- Starving for a deal: Food prices Skyrocket September 13, 2021
- Captured at Sea (Atelier: Ethnographic Inquiry in the Twenty-First Century) (Volume 3): Jatin Dua September 13, 2021
- How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Geis Huff September 13, 2021
- How to Lie with Maps (2nd Edition): Mark Monmonier, H. J. de Blij September 13, 2021
- Whose Narrative? 20 Years since September 11, 2001 September 12, 2021
- Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror | Official Trailer | Netflix September 12, 2021
Daily Archives: December 20, 2015
In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland’s northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years. Box and his family left Ohio State for Europe a couple years ago, and he is relieved to have escaped America’s culture of climate-change denial (Photo: Nick Cobbing).
Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.
The incident was small, but Jason Box doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s been skittish about the media since it happened. This was last summer, as he was reading the cheery blog posts transmitted by the chief scientist on the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which was exploring the Arctic for an international expedition led by Stockholm University. “Our first observations of elevated methane levels, about ten times higher than in background seawater, were documented . . . we discovered over 100 new methane seep sites…. The weather Gods are still on our side as we steam through a now ice-free Laptev Sea….”
As a leading climatologist who spent many years studying the Arctic at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State, Box knew that this breezy scientific detachment described one of the nightmare long-shot climate scenarios: a feedback loop where warming seas release methane that causes warming that releases more methane that causes more warming, on and on until the planet is incompatible with human life. And he knew there were similar methane releases occurring in the area. On impulse, he sent out a tweet.
The tweet immediately went viral, inspiring a series of headlines:
CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS ARCTIC CARBON RELEASE COULD MEAN “WE’RE FUCKED.”
CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.
CLIMATOLOGIST: METHANE PLUMES FROM THE ARCTIC MEAN WE’RE SCREWED.
The French government has stated that the COP21 climate summit will begin as scheduled at the end of November, but police have barred the huge planned marches and protests. Credit Photograph by Chesnot/Getty
Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While many politicians pay lip service to the existential urgency of the climate crisis, as soon as another more immediate crisis rears its head—war, a market shock, an epidemic—climate reliably falls off the political map.
After the attacks, the French government stated that the COP21 climate summit would begin as scheduled at the end of November. Yet the police have just barred the huge planned marches and protests, effectively silencing the voices of people who are directly affected by these high-level talks. And it’s hard to see how sea-level rise and parched farmland—tough media sells at the best of times—will have a hope of competing with rapid military escalation and calls for fortressed borders.
All of this is perfectly understandable. When our safety feels threatened, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Major shocks like the Paris attacks are awfully good at changing the subject. But what if we decided to not let it happen? What if, instead of changing the subject, we deepened the discussion of climate change and expanded the range of solutions, which are fundamental for real human security? What if, instead of being pushed aside in the name of war, climate action took center stage as the planet’s best hope for peace?